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Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Erin Hawkins Rule 44

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After the debate at General Conference, the Rev. Morgan Guyton has begun thinking about how to make Rule 44 -- intended to build relationships to communal decision-making -- a way of life instead of just a parliamentary alternative. Read more

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Delegates turn down the alternative discernment process known as Rule 44. Read more

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Windsocks

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Tension and frustration contrasted with prayer and song as delegates turned down an alternative discernment process and began legislative committee deliberations. Read more

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Bishop Signs Address

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The second day of General Conference focused on the Episcopal Address, wrangling over Rule 44 and legislative committee organization. Read more

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The first two days of the 2016 General Conference have shown how far today's United Methodists have come from John Wesley's original experience and intention, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Erin Hawkins Rule 44

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After an afternoon and evening of wrangling, delegates to the 2016 General Conference deferred action on an alternative discernment process until Wednesday morning Read more

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Seen from a perspective of spiritual practice rather than church politics, hotly debated Rule 44 takes on a new validity for the 2016 General Conference, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the proposed alternative discernment process called Rule 44 and finds it worthy for use by delegates to the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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Social Principles

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A briefing for delegates, communicators and observers in Portland, Ore., finds top issues will include an alternative decision-making process, human sexuality and structure, budget, and global expressions of church policies. Read more

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Christ Rich Youth

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That's the uncomfortable thing about following the teachings and example of Jesus, writes Cynthia B. Astle – like Christ with the rich young man, we're called to sacrifice what we hold most dear to do to what God wants us to do. Read more

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